• BREAKING: Murray resolution approved in the House

    by  • May 31, 2013

    A resolution calling for a complete halt to the closure of the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia was adopted by a large margin in the House this afternoon. Filed by State Rep. Charlie Meier, an Okawville republican, the measure calls upon Gov. Pat Quinn to stop the closure of the Murray Center and...

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    Man drowns at Forbes Lake

    by  • May 31, 2013

    A 21-year-old Fairfield man has drowned at Forbes State Park near Omega. According to Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon, Damon garrison was swimming with friends in the beach area of the lake around two Thursday afternoon when he became exhausted and went under. Garrison’s friends attempted to keep him above the water, but were...

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    Illinois Senate rejects House pension-reform bill

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — The Illinois Senate has rejected a plan pushed by the House to solve the state’s pension crisis. The proposal pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan failed Thursday evening, with 16 voting “yes” and 42 voting “no.” The vote left lawmakers without a solution to the pension issue with only one day left...

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    Quinn to get online voter registration bill

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have adopted a plan to allow registering to vote online. The House voted 66-49 Thursday in favor of permitting registration through the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website. The idea was endorsed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in his State of the State address. He said in a statement it...

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    Illinois House OKs bill to regulate ‘fracking’

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a measure to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state. Lawmakers voted 108-9 Thursday to send to the state Senate a bill outlining rules that energy companies would have to follow during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel...

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    House approves cost-shift plan for higher ed

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — The House has approved a plan to have Illinois’ public institutions of higher education begin picking up retirement costs. Lawmakers voted 60-55 Thursday. It heads to the Senate. The proposal would require state universities and community colleges pay a half of 1 percent of payroll costs into the pension system annually. Schools...

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